After a day of shopping and a few disappointing meals, I decided to head on over to Rainbows. This is one of Hawaii's premier "drive-in" restaurants and has been since 1961. This place serves great local-style favorites and has been one of my favorite eating spots since I can remember.
Rainbows is one of the few remaining plate lunch/burger drive-ins from bygone era. Many others, such as Kenny's Burger House in Kalihi, and Burgerland Drive Inn in Kapahulu, have since closed. This place still has the classic menu boards and all of the local-style offerings such as teri beef, boneless chicken and beef stew.
Tonight, I had the Bar-B-Q beef sandwich (US$2.50), french fries (US$1.20) and chili rice bowl (US$1.90).
The Bar-B-Q beef sandwich is one of the best around. The sandwich comes wrapped in the traditional white waxed paper and is piled high with lean Bar-B-Q beef. The beef is tender (can you say melt in the mouth?) and the flavor is just right. Where else do you think you can find another sandwich like this?
The chili rice bowl is also another winner...
In my opinion, this chili is better than Zippy's. Just the right amount of spice and plenty of ground beef...no fillers! The bowl is actually just the right size to accompany my sandwich!
Next time you're hungry, stop by Rainbows for some awesome local-style grinds. The food here is delicious and served in generous quantities at a reasonable price.
3308 Kanaina Avenue